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  1. LONDON: A huge blaze broke out near Southend Airport as a hangar goes on fire, informed foreign media. Essex firefighters were called to the hangar, which is used to livery planes, near the terminal shortly. Pictures from the site of the accident showed thick plumes of black smoke billowing above the airport. Early reports from an eyewitness suggested they had heard an ?explosion?. An Essex Fire and Rescue Service spokesperson said: ?When firefighters arrived at the scene they reported the large hangar, which is used to livery aeroplanes, was on fire.?Six fire engines were requested to help tackle the fire. ?Firefighters are using an aerial ladder platform to pour water on the large building from above. ?The officer in charge at the incident reports crews are making good progress.? Staff say flights are continuing to operate and the airport remains open. A Southend Airport spokeswoman said: ?Essex Fire and Rescue is currently dealing with an incident at the Air Livery hanger on the north side of the airfield. ?London Southend Airport is still open and operating as normal?.
  2. KABUL: Two Afghan women working for a security firm searching people entering Bagram air base near the Afghan capital Kabul were killed on Wednesday and two others wounded by unknown gunmen, officials said. The four were shot outside the base by two masked gunmen on a motorbike, said Wahida Shahkar, a spokeswoman for the provincial governor of Parwan. "Two of them were killed and two wounded," she said. "The attackers managed to escape the area." There was no immediate claim of responsibility. Taliban spokesman Zabihullah Mujahid said he was checking the report. In June, six Afghan guards working at Bagram for a private security contractor were killed while on their way to work in an attack claimed by the Taliban. There was no immediate comment from the U.S. military which runs Bagram, the largest US base in Afghanistan. The number of Afghan personnel working at Bagram was cut sharply last year after a mechanic detonated a suicide vest, killing four Americans and wounding 17 other people.
  3. This image ? taken on August 9, 2017 ? shows an oil tanker that overturned on Qazi Ahmed National Highway, Nawabshah. GEO NEWS NAWABSHAH: An oil tanker flipped over late Tuesday night here on the Qazi Ahmed National Highway, police officials said. The vehicle ? which is said to have been carrying almost 60,000 litres of high-octane fuel ? overturned while en route from Karachi to Lahore. The crash site was sealed right after rescue authorities arrived alongside a contingent of police. Rescue teams have reached the site of the accident and are currently working to remove the spilt fuel from the road. Officials at the scene say the area will be cleared for traffic soon. Rise of oil tanker crashes Oil tanker incidents have been on the rise lately in Pakistan, with authorities conducting a mock exercise on GT Road in Peshawar earlier this month. July 30 saw a private company?s oil tanker overturning on Mehran Highway in Nawabshah. The tanker ? that departed from Karachi ? swerved and overturned after the driver tried to stop the vehicle to avoid collision with a donkey cart and motorcycle. The vehicle?s driver and cleaner were unharmed and no casualties were reported, the police said. Four days prior to that ? on July 26 ? a major mishap was averted in Sahiwal as an LPG tanker drove over a railway track in Sahiwal after its brakes failed, railways officials said. Police immediately cordoned off the area in the presence of bomb disposal squad and rescue teams. More than a week before that ? July 16 ? an oil tanker en route to Punjab overturned on the National Highway near Bhit Shah in Sindh. The vehicle's driver, who got trapped in the front cabin following the incident, was safely extracted. Police cordoned off the scene of the incident and called for machinery, fire brigade, and rescue teams to commence the rescue operation. 50,000 litres of fuel was reportedly present in the tanker. On July 13, an oil tanker ? transporting around 40,000 litres of fuel ? overturned on the National Highway near Rahim Yar Khan. The fault was determined to be of the driver's, who dozed off while passing by Koochi Muhammad Khan, officials said. No one was harmed in the incident. An oil tanker travelling from Karachi to Moro went off the M9 motorway in Hyderabad early last month ? July 8 ? and flipped over in the nearby rough terrain late night. Once again, it was the driver, whom in a drowsy state, caused the tanker to veer off the route. He was severely injured. A day prior to that, an oil tanker flipped over near Harappa, on the National Highway. The accident occurred since the driver of the vehicle was drowsy and may have dozed off during driving, motorway police officers said. However, he managed to escape and could not be apprehended. An oil tanker crashed on Khor road in Attock on July 2 after negotiating a steep curve while speeding, officials said. The vehicle was transporting around 50,000 litres of fuel. However, the last incident near Qazi Ahmed town was on July 1, when an oil tanker caught fire after overturning on the National Highway. The fire brigade managed to control the blaze soon after the incident happened. The vehicle's driver and his helper were reported to be safe, sources told Geo News. Bahawalpur tragedy The most horrendous oil tanker-related tragedy this year, however, was when, on June 25, at least 217 people lost their lives and 61 were injured after an oil tanker skidded off the National Highway and caught fire in Ahmedpur East. After the crash, when fuel started seeping out of the overturned vehicle, hundreds of people from a nearby village rushed to the scene to collect the fuel. They were engulfed in flames when the spill ignited. The Oil and Gas Regulatory Authority (OGRA) held a private company responsible for the accident. The company ? on July 11 ? agreed to pay a fine of approximately Rs. 257 million rupees in compensation for the Ahmedpur East tanker truck explosion. Measures to prevent future accidents The Bahawalpur accident sent alarm bells ringing among the authorities, which, consequently, tightened rules and regulations for oil tanker owners. The latter, surprisingly, protested the changes and suspended fuel supply for some days until successful negotiations were held between them and the concerned officials. Authorities conducted mock exercises on GT Road in Peshawar earlier this month, wherein those involved in rescue work were trained to provide immediate relief to people impacted by the explosions that occur following oil tanker accidents. National Highway and Motorway DSP Alauddin Khan led the exercises. The highway and motorway police, along with Rescue 1122 teams, participated in the exercises.
  4. KARACHI: Counter Terrorism Department (CTD) claimed to gun down four Tehreek-e-Taliban terrorists in an encounter near Sagian Bridge in Lahore, hours after the truck blast that ripped through the Bund Road area late Monday. According to CTD, police were deployed at all entry and exit points of Punjab?s capital to curb the threats of more attacks looming after the Lahore blast. Right as police approached a vehicle to search, armed men inside the vehicle opened fire. Police effectively responded, and in retaliatory fire, four terrorists were killed, while three others managed to flee the scene in the dark of night, spokesperson of CTD added. CTD claimed to have recovered a huge quantity of arms and ammunition from the custody of the terrorists who are said to be affiliated with the banned outfit of Tehreek-e-Taliban. Meanwhile, a heavy contingent of police has been called in the area to launch search operations for apprehending the absconded accomplices of the killed terrorists.
  5. Oil prices held near nine-week highs on Monday, buoyed by robust US jobs data last week and a slight fall in US drilling, although rising output from OPEC capped gains. Global benchmark Brent crude futures LCOc1 were up 8 cents, or 0.15 percent, at $52.50 a barrel at 0059 GMT. US crude futures CLc1 were up 7 cents, or 0.14 percent at $49.65 per barrel. Prices for both benchmarks have been on the rise, hovering near their highest since late May, when oil producers led by the Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC) rolled over a deal to reduce output by 1.8 million barrels per day (bpd) until the end of next March. "Crude oil prices rose strongly as investors viewed (US jobs) data as a positive sign for oil demand in the United States ... A small fall in the number of drill rigs operating in the US also supported prices," ANZ bank said in a note. US employers added an above-forecast 209,000 workers in July and raised wages, the US Labor Department reported on Friday. US drillers cut one oil rig in the week to Aug. 4, bringing the total count down to 765, energy services firm Baker Hughes said on Friday. Although the US rig count fell last week, oil production in the United States hit 9.43 million bpd, the highest level since August 2015. Meanwhile, OPEC's crude oil exports in July rose to a record high of 26.11 million bpd, most of which came from Nigeria, according to a report by Thomson Reuters Oil Research last week. Officials from a joint OPEC and non-OPEC technical committee are set to meet in Abu Dhabi on Monday and on Tuesday to discuss ways to boost compliance with their supply reduction agreement.
  6. ESNA: A policeman and a civilian were killed and three people wounded in an attack late on Thursday on a patrol in Esna, south of Luxor, the Interior Ministry said. The police patrol had stopped a vehicle and when stopped, two gunmen fired on the patrol, the ministry said in a statement. One of the perpetrators were arrested while the other fled, the ministry said, adding that the wounded have been transferred to hospital. Attacks on security forces have been common in Egypt since the army, led by general-turned-President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi, ousted President Mohamed Mursi in 2013 following mass protests against his rule.
  7. BRUSSELS: Spanish and Finnish fighter jets were sent to intercept three Russian planes flying near Estonian air space on Tuesday, the NATO military alliance said in a statement. The Russian airplanes were identified as two MiG-31 jets and one Antonov AN-26 transport aircraft, NATO said. "Two Spanish F-18 jets assigned to NATO?s Baltic Air Policing mission scrambled from Estonia's Amari Air Base," NATO said. "Finnish jets also scrambled to intercept the aircraft." Intercepts of Russian aircraft by NATO have increased in recent years amid heightened tensions between the West and Moscow over Russia's involvement in the Ukraine crisis.
  8. KABUL: A suicide bomber attacked a police compound and the nearby Iraqi embassy in Kabul on Monday, security officials in the Afghan capital said. A police spokesman said security forces were at the scene and a gun battle was under way. This is a developing story
  9. Yemeni fighter loyal to the Saudi-backed government holds a rocket launcher on his shoulder at a position taken from Huthi rebels northwest of the central city of Taiz, on April 20, 2017 PHOTO: AFP ADEN: More than 40 troops and rebels have been killed in several days of clashes between Yemen´s Saudi-backed army and insurgents allied with Iran near the Red Sea port of Mokha, officials said Sunday. Fighting has intensified around the Khaled Ibn al-Walid military base east of Mokha since government forces backed by a Saudi-led coalition seized it from the Huthi rebels last week. Sixteen Huthis and seven soldiers were killed in overnight clashes and air raids outside Mokha, according to military officials and witnesses at hospitals in the area. Twenty Yemeni soldiers were also killed in a rebel strike on the Khaled base in Taiz province, around 40 kilometres (25 miles) east of Mokha, on Thursday, a military official there said. The port of Mokha on the Red Sea, a key waterway for international trade and imports, is under army control. The Saudi-led coalition, which includes the United Arab Emirates, on Saturday said the Huthis had attacked the port with a remote-controlled boat carrying explosives. No casualties were reported in the attack, which the rebels claimed hit a battleship from the United Arab Emirates. The coalition also said a ballistic missile fired by the Huthis was shot down on Thursday near Mecca in Saudi Arabia, the site of the annual Muslim Hajj pilgrimage that falls next month. Backed by the coalition, the government of President Abedrabbo Mansour Hadi has battled the Huthi rebels for control of the impoverished country for two years. More than 8,000 people have been killed and millions displaced in the conflict, which has pushed the country to the brink of famine. A cholera outbreak has also claimed the lives of more than 1,800 people since April, with 400,000 suspected cases across the country, according to the United Nations and the International Committee of the Red Cross. The United Nations last week warned 80 percent of Yemen´s children were in desperate need of aid in what the organisation has described as the "largest humanitarian crisis in the world".
  10. Police cordoned off the area soon after the LPG tanker drove over the railway track near Sahiwal. SAHIWAL: A major mishap was averted on Wednesday as an LPG tanker drove over a railway track near town 132 NL after its brakes failed railways sources said. The police immediately cordoned off the area, in the presence of bomb disposal squad and rescue teams. A heavy crane was called to the site of incident to remove the tanker from the railway track. Trains delayed Traffic on the down lane to Karachi was suspended with immediate effect, railway sources said. Khyber Mail en route Karachi was stopped at Sahiwal Railway Station.
  11. A US Navy ship fired warning shots when an Iranian vessel in the Gulf came within 150 yards (137 meters) on Tuesday in the first such incident since President Donald Trump took office in January, a US official told Reuters. The last major incident was earlier in January, though there have been other instances when a US vessel fired a flare and another event in March when a US Navy ship was forced to change course after multiple fast-attack vessels from the Islamic Revolutionary Guard came too close. The US official, speaking on condition of anonymity, said the USS Thunderbolt fired the warning shots after the Iranian vessel approached at a high rate of speed and ignored radio calls, flares and the ship´s whistle. The Thunderbolt was accompanied by several US Coast Guard vessels. The Iranian vessel appeared to be from Iran´s Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps, the official said, adding that it was armed but that the weapons were unmanned. The Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps and Iranian Foreign Ministry could not immediately be reached for comment. Years of mutual animosity had eased when Washington lifted sanctions on Tehran last year as part of a deal to curb Iran´s nuclear ambitions. But serious differences remain over Iran´s ballistic missile program and conflicts in Syria and Iraq. The Trump administration, which has struck a hard line on Iran, recently declared that Iran was complying with its nuclear agreement with world powers, but warned that Tehran was not following the spirit of the accord and that Washington would look for ways to strengthen it. During the presidential campaign last September, Trump vowed that any Iranian vessels that harass the US Navy in the Gulf would be "shot out of the water." Such incidents occur occasionally. In January, a US Navy destroyer fired three warning shots at four Iranian fast-attack vessels near the Strait of Hormuz after they closed in at high speed and disregarded repeated requests to slow down.
  12. A destroyed land bridge is seen in this view of a North Island, near Treel Island and Woody Island in the Paracel chain, in the South China Sea Nov 14, 2016 in this Planet Labs handout photo received by Reuters on Nov 30, 2016. BEIJING: China has opened its southern most cinema on a disputed island in the South China Sea, state media said, part of an on-going effort to build up civilian infrastructure and assert Beijing's sovereignty. The cinema is on Woody Island in the Paracels, which are also claimed by Vietnam and Taiwan, and is equipped with the most advanced projection equipment, state news agency Xinhua said on Sunday. "The opening of the cinema is part of a plan by local cultural authorities to establish community services on islands under Sansha's jurisdiction," Xinhua said. Woody Island is the seat of what China calls Sansha city that is its administrative centre for the South China Sea. China took full control of the Paracels in 1974 after a naval showdown with Vietnam. Soldiers of China's People's Liberation Army Navy patrol at Woody Island, in the Paracel Archipelago, which is known in China as the Xisha Islands, January 29, 2016. Photo: Reuters/Stringer Though China calls it a city, Sansha's permanent population is no more than a few thousand, and many of the disputed islets and reefs in the sea are uninhabited. That has not stopped China's ambitious plans for the islands there, including building airfields and allowing Chinese tourists to access the area via cruise ships. China claims 90 per cent of the potentially energy-rich South China Sea. Brunei, Malaysia, the Philippines, Vietnam and Taiwan lay claim to parts of the sea, through which passes about $5 trillion of trade a year.
  13. RAWALPINDI: The Inter Services Press Public Relations (ISPR) on Saturday said a major achievement was achieved last night in Operation Khyber 4 when troops including SSG successfully cleared the highest mountain top Brekh Muhammad Kandao near Pak-Afghan border. Many terrorists were killed, with a few managing to escape to Afghanistan, the ISPR press release said. Terrorists? hideouts were cleared, and caches of IEDs, arms and ammunition were recovered. ?The forces have established posts at over 12000-feet altitude ? the terrain is riddled with thick forestation,? the ISPR statement said. The mountain top ? which was cleared well ahead of planned timings -- was being used as the main observation point and its base as a transit/storage point. Terrorists gave stiff resistance to the Pakistani troops but were unable to sustain for long. Director General (DG) ISPR Major General Asif Ghafoor on July 16 announced the launch of Operation Khyber-4 under Radd-ul-Fasaad to "wipe out terrorists" in the Rajgal Valley area of Khyber Agency. "An operation to wipe out terrorists has been launched in Rajgal valley in Khyber Agency," Major General Ghafoor said. Khyber 4 seeks to target terrorist hideouts in what the DG ISPR called "the most critical area in the Federally Administered Tribal Areas (Fata)".
  14. ABIDJAN: Gunfire was heard coming from two police installations in Ivory Coast's main city Abidjan late on Wednesday, according to two Reuters witnesses. Shooting broke out at around 9.30 pm (2130 GMT) in the Cocody neighbourhood near the national police and gendarmes schools and lasted for around an hour. Sustained gunfire was later heard near the base of the police anti-riot brigade in the Yopougon neighbourhood.
  15. A mini truck carrying oil overturned on Multan road near Manga Mandi on Saturday. LAHORE: A mini truck carrying oil overturned on Multan Road near Manga Mandi on Saturday. The truck ? that was reportedly speeding ? overturned after one of its wheels dismantled, following which its oil tank started leaking. Reckless driving: Oil tanker overturns near Rahim Yar Khan The tanker, transporting around 40,000 litres of fuel, skidded off the road after the driver dozed off Traffic on the Manga Mandi to Phool Nagar route was promptly diverted by the Motorway Police. Three 1122 rescue cars reached the scene of incident. In a similar incident last month, at least 152 people were burnt to death and scores injured after an oil tanker overturned and caught fire in Bahawalpur's Ahmedpur East town on June 25. 152 burnt to death as oil tanker catches fire in Bahawalpur Scores injured in fire that broke out after oil tanker overturned and crowds rushed to collect fuel Most victims were residents of nearby localities who had rushed to the scene of incident to collect the leaking fuel after the tanker toppled, said rescue sources.
  16. The oil tanker was travelling from Karachi to Sher Shah Depot, Multan. Photo: Geo News screen grab RAHIM YAR KHAN: An oil tanker overturned on National Highway near Rahim Yar Khan Thursday morning. The tanker, transporting around 40,000 litres of fuel, skidded off the road after the driver dozed off while passing by Koochi Muhammad Khan, according to officials. The oil tanker was travelling from Karachi to Sher Shah Depot, Multan, the police informed. No one was harmed in the incident. Rescue team and police set up a perimeter around the crash site and attempted to clear it. Photo: Geo News screen grab Police, Motorway police and rescue authorities set up a perimeter around the crash site and attempted to clear it. The cases of oil tanker overturning have become a cause of concern as more than 200 people were killed after a blaze erupted in an oil tanker, which had overturned near Ahmedpur East area of Bahawalpur on June 25. Following the crash, people from a nearby area had gathered around the tanker to pilfer oil. On July 9, another oil tanker crashed on Vehari?s Sinchawala road, following which nearby residents reached the site and began taking out fuel. Locals pilfer fuel after oil tanker crashes in Vehari People have gathered around the tanker and are stealing fuel without caring for their lives Geo News footage showed locals using a drain to take out fuel and loading it onto drums. Thousands of litres of diesel were reportedly present inside the tanker
  17. Security forces recovered a huge cache of weapons and ammunition near Kohat Tunnel and arrested two terrorists in an operation carried out as part of Operation Radd-ul-Fasaad, a statement by the Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR) said. Taking action on an intelligence report, security forces found a large quantity of weapons and ammunition in a secret compartment at the bottom of a truck, said ISPR. Large quantity of weapons, ammo found by security forces The ammunition, which includes more than thousand types of pistols, 212 shotguns and SMGs, 105 automatic weapons and 7,000 rounds, was being moved from Darra Adam Khel to WANA by the terrorists. In early March, the Frontier Corps Balochistan recovered a large cache of arms and ammunition during a search operation at Chot Camp area in Quetta, the ISPR had said. Recovered ammunition included 4900 small machine gun rounds, 453 x 12.7 mm gun rounds, 140 AGL rounds and 24 hand grenades.
  18. Photo:File Pakistan has entered into an agreement with a Chinese firm to construct an oil refinery near Kohat, Radio Pakistan reported on Friday. The state news agency, quoting sources in the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Oil and Gas Company Limited, said that a memorandum of understanding has been signed with the country. The oil refinery is to be built over land of two hundred acres land and will cost $300 million over four years, added Radio Pakistan. The refinery will produce 15,000 barrels of oil per day when completed. Pakistan, China sign agreements for Gwadar port The two countries signed a series of agreements on Saturday In May, Pakistan and China signed a series of agreements in Beijing for cooperation in different sectors. Three agreements pertaining to economic and technical cooperation worth 3.4 billion Yuan for Gwadar port and East Bay expressway were signed, according to media reports. MoU signed between Pakistan and Alibaba group During his visit to Alibaba headquarters, PM Nawaz Sharif said Pakistan has immense potential for investors Memorandums of Understanding (MoUs) related to cooperation within the framework of the Silk Road Economic Belt and the 21st century Maritime Silk Road initiative, upgrading the main railway line track ML-I, and the establishment of Havelian Dry Port were also signed. Pakistan also signed a MoU with China?s e-commerce giant Alibaba Group on May 16. Federal Minister for Commerce Khurram Dastagir inked the MoU from Pakistan?s side, while Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif was a witness to the ceremony.
  19. A taxi driver plowed his car into a group of people outside Boston´s international airport on Monday, injuring 10 people on the eve of the Independence Day holiday in the United States, police said. The 56-year-old driver was being interviewed by officers but there was no initial indication that the crash was intentional, Massachusetts state police said. The incident happened at 1740 GMT at the cab pool at Logan International Airport. Ten people were taken to hospital with injuries of varying severity, police said. "The cause of the crash remains under investigation," state police added. US media reported that a taxi driver appeared to have lost control, hitting the gas pedal instead of the break.
  20. Eight people were wounded in a shooting in front of a mosque in the southern French city of Avignon in an incident police consider to be a settling of scores rather than a militant attack, a source close to the investigation said on Monday. Two of the eight wounded were hospitalised after the incident, according to the source, who also said that worshippers leaving the mosque had not been the intended target. La Provence regional newspaper, which first reported the incident, cited a judicial source as saying police are "not at all treating it as terrorist related" and suspected instead a dispute between youths. The newspaper also cited witnesses as saying that one of two gunmen with their faces covered had fired shots around at 10:30 pm as people were coming out of the mosque before the two fled the scene. Four people were wounded outside the mosque while a family of four in their apartment some fifty meters (yards) away took shrapnel, La Provence said. The incident comes after a man was arrested on Thursday after trying to drive a car into a crowd in front of a mosque in the Paris suburb of Creteil in an incident in which no one was injured. France is on high-security alert following a series of militant attacks in recent years.
  21. [embed_video1 url=http://stream.jeem.tv/vod/45f5462e1aead9ecfd1dfcf019d2c109.mp4/playlist.m3u8?wmsAuthSign=c2VydmVyX3RpbWU9Ny8xLzIwMTcgOToxNzo1NyBBTSZoYXNoX3ZhbHVlPW5SODF3Z01EZ2lxOEVudU5Ha3hlWXc9PSZ2YWxpZG1pbnV0ZXM9NjAmaWQ9MQ== style=center] NAWABSHAH: An oil tanker caught fire after it overturned near Qazi Ahmed town on the National Highway on Saturday. The tanker was carrying more than 1,000 litres of petrol, the police said. ?The tanker is ablaze and the fire brigade has yet to reach the site of the incident,? police personnel told Geo News. The police has cordoned off the area according to latest reports. 192 people lost their lives in a similar incident when an oil tanker overturned on the National Highway on June 25 -- a day before Eid was to be celebrated in most parts of the country. Death toll from Bahawalpur oil inferno climbs to 192 JI chief Siraj-ul Haq calls for SC to take suo moto notice of the tragedy A large number of people were charred to death on the spot as the overturned oil tanker exploded into an inferno. They included passers-by and residents of a nearby area, who had gathered to collect oil that was leaking from the tanker.
  22. Weapons seized from the terrorists. -ISPR Two terrorists were killed in an exchange of fire with security forces on Tuesday, said a statement released by the Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR). The statement added the terrorists were attempting an attack on a check post near Dewana Baba Ziarat, 12km north of Tank. Security forces launched a nationwide military operation 'Radd-ul-Fasaad' earlier in February, which includes broad-spectrum security and counter-terrorism operations in Punjab, and continuation of ongoing operations across the country. The operation includes a countrywide deweaponisation drive and explosive control as additional cardinals of the effort. The hallmark of this operation is the pursuance of the National Action Plan (NAP).
  23. Photo: REUTERS Oil prices steadied just above seven-month lows on Tuesday after news of increases in supply, a trend which has undermined attempts by OPEC and other producers to support the market through reduced output. Benchmark Brent was up 15 cents at $47.06 by 0820 GMT. On Monday, it fell 46 cents, or 1 percent, to settle at $46.91 a barrel. That was its lowest close since November 29, the day before the Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries and other producers agreed to cut output by 1.8 million barrels per day (bpd) for six months from January. US crude oil was 15 cents higher at $44.35 a barrel. It fell 54 cents on Monday to $44.20, its lowest close since November 14. Both benchmarks are down by around 15 percent since late May, when OPEC, Russia and other producers extended their limits on production until the end of March 2018. "Recent data points are not encouraging," Morgan Stanley analysts said in a research note. "Identifiable oil inventories - both crude and product in the OECD, China and selected other non-OECD countries - increased at a rate of (about) 1 (million bpd) in Q1." OPEC supplies jumped in May as output recovered in Libya and Nigeria, two countries exempt from the production reduction agreement. Libya's oil production rose more than 50,000 bpd to 885,000 bpd after the state oil company settled a dispute with Germany's Wintershall, a Libyan source told Reuters. Nigerian oil supply is also rising, industry figures show. Exports of Nigeria's benchmark Bonny Light crude oil are set to reach 226,000 bpd in August, up from 164,000 bpd in July, loading programme show. "The increasing August export program in Nigeria and the jump in Libyan oil output should pressure oil prices further in the short term," said Tamas Varga, senior analyst at London brokerage PVM Oil Associates. "If we get bearish US oil statistics this week, we could see a test of $45 on Brent," Varga said. US oil production has been rising quickly this year, feeding the global glut. Data on Friday showed a record 22nd consecutive week of increases in US oil drilling rigs. But Saudi Energy Minister Khalid al-Falih said the oil market is heading in the right direction and just needs time to rebalance, the London-based newspaper Asharq al-Awsat reported on Monday
  24. HEREFORD: Police in West Midlands have arrested a man with knives and an axe near an Army Reserve centre, reported the BBC. The 23-year-old man was arrested on Sunday night. Police officials said there was nothing to indicate that there was a threat to the army centre and was not related to the terror attack in Finsbury Park, London. The man?s motives are not yet known and he is in custody, BBC quoted police officials as saying. ?On identifying the man our officers took prompt action to contain the threat and take him into custody,? said Asst Ch Con Martin Evans of West Mercia Police. He added that an "extremely sensitive investigation" was being carried out and added that additional police patrols would take place in the town to safeguard the citizens.
  25. KARACHI: A four-year-old girl was killed in a road accident late Sunday night when a dumper truck hit a motorcycle here at the Johar Mor bridge, near Gulistan-e-Johar, Geo News reported. The crash left the deceased girl?s parents injured, rescue sources said. Rescue officials revealed further that the affected family resides in the metropolis? Korangi area.